The state imposes new requirements for televisions to be energy efficient.
Sacramento, California (WiredPRNews.com) – California has adopted new requirements to make televisions more energy efficient. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the California Energy Commission voted 5-0 Wednesday to implement new standards that could lead to a ban on sets that use a large amount of energy from store shelves.
Noah Horowitz, with the Natural Resources Defense Council, is quoted by the AP as stating of the measure, “Once again, California is leading the way, and we hope others will follow.” Some manufacturers and others, however, are less thrilled about the vote.
Jason Oxman, a vice president with the Consumer Electronics Association, is further quoted as stating, “Instead of allowing customers to choose the products they want, the commission has decided to impose arbitrary standards that will hamper innovation and limit consumer choice… It will result in higher prices for consumers, job losses for Californians, and lost tax revenue for the state.”
Many others share a different perspective. Energy Commissioner Julia Levin is quoted as asserting, “We have every confidence this industry will be able to meet the rule and then some… It will save consumers money, it will help protect public health, and it will spark innovation.”
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